Qin Zhou Clay Teapot "Heart Sutra" by Yuan Ming Jie
Qin Zhou Ni Xing pottery has a history of over 1300 years. It is one of the "four famous" styles of pottery produced in China, along with Yi Xing, Jian Shui and Rong Chang.
They are crafted from a type of naturally occurring reddish-purple clay that is both clean and environmentally friendly. It contains natural amounts of iron, zinc, calcium, strontium and numerous other minerals that are good for the human body.
There are absolutely no glazes or paints used in the firing of the clay, rather variations of the color and appearance are a result of firing at different temperatures and the polishing the final product. Most pots take on a beautiful reddish copper tone.
Like Yi Xing and Jian Shui pots, these teapots absorb the taste of the tea that is frequently brewed in them, and so we recommend that the teapot be seasoned and a single class of tea be dedicated to it.
The Heart Sutra characters are hand-carved into the side of the teapot. This requires incredible skill and a great deal of time to accomplish!
Artist: Yuan Ming Jie
Firing Style/Temp: Dragon Kiln at 1100C
Capacity: 120ml (+/- 10ml)
**Every pot is hand-made and the artisan will sometimes change the stamps they use. There may also be some slight differences in the color, handle shape, motif, and volume. It's not possible for us to re-take the pictures for each new batch of teapots that we receive from this artisan. Some differences in the color and shininess of the actual teapot you receive as compared to the one in the photographs may also be due to light conditions when the photographs are taken. Thanks for your understanding!